Father’s Day has always been a special day to me, even before I was a dad. I didn’t knew my dad very well, but one thing I did know about him was that he was a hell of a fisherman. Throughout the 1970’s he was a skipper for a fishing boat called the Bahari. A lot of big fish were caught on that boat, but this yellowfin tuna was probably the most famous as it stood for a time as a world record.
I have few keepsakes of my dad, but the most prized of all is his old photo album showing off the fish he, his clients and his friends caught long before I was born. I never grow tired of looking through that album and conjuring up Hemingway-esque stories about each fish.
Skipper Martin Mathias (far right) and Sue Gallibrand stand beside the women’s world record tuna. Grenada, 1976
Don’t forget to hug your dad!